Celebrated chef and food innovator Wylie Dufresne opened his second restaurant Alder last week on Second Avenue in the East Village. Unlike Dufresne's lauded temple to molecular gastronomy wd~50, Alder's food and atmosphere are bent towards a more casual dining experience. With Alder, Dufresne wants to create a contemporary version of the neighborhood tavern instead of a dining destination, and to that end nothing on the menu costs more than $25. But that doesn't mean that Dufresne's whimsical and electrifying approach to cooking isn't apparent at the new restaurant, which you notice as soon as you look at the menu. Dufresne is playing with his food again, and it sounds like fun.
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